Campaign fails to stop homes

PUBLISHED: 06:13 01 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:23 24 May 2010

A HOUSING development will be built in a quiet North Somerset village despite a wave of objections. Developer Hallwave has been given planning permission to build 10 homes with garages in Claverham, even though villagers reacted angrily to proposal. Resid

A HOUSING development will be built in a quiet North Somerset village despite a wave of objections.Developer Hallwave has been given planning permission to build 10 homes with garages in Claverham, even though villagers reacted angrily to proposal.Residents feared the scheme would overdevelop the leafy village and believe the new houses could mean the area is flooded with more developments in the future.Hallwave had a similar application turned down by North Somerset Council last December. The firm appealed against the decision but a Government inspector dismissed it.More than 20 letters of objection were received by authority arguing that the latest proposals submitted to the council would overdevelop the area and cause parking problems.But after Hallwave made several amendments to the size of the houses, council officers decided to let the development go ahead.The company will demolish a house in High Street to make way for the new buildings. Work is expected to take place between October and March.In a letter to North Somerset Council, one resident says: "High Street is a lane. Building there will create untold problems to people using the road."Farm vehicles, feed lorries, horses, cars, cyclists, ambulances and fire engines would not be able to get through because of the parking problems."Permission has already been denied. How many more times?"In a letter to the council Hallwave said: "Court de Wyck Primary School headteacher Chris Hailstone is very supportive of the proposed development."He sees it as a prime opportunity to bolster the falling roll at the school."In addition, a meeting was held with the nursery school leader, who has also expressed support and stated the site entrance and improved pavements would improve the safety of people going to the playgroup and help the falling numbers at the playgroup."The planning application has been developed after an open consultation with the community. The scheme now incorporates a reduction in density which will meet the concerns of the parish council.

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